Common Core: 5th Grade English Language Arts : Determine a Theme of a Story, Drama, or Poem and Summarize Text: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.2

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Example Question #1 : Determine A Theme Of A Story, Drama, Or Poem And Summarize Text: Ccss.Ela Literacy.Rl.5.2

Passage 2: Adapted from "Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky" in Folk Stories from Southern Nigeria, West Africa by Elphinstone Dayrell (1910)

Many years ago the sun and water were great friends, and both lived on the earth together. The sun very often used to visit the water, but the water never returned his visits. At last the sun asked the water why it was that he never came to see him in his house, the water replied that the sun's house was not big enough, and that if he came with his people he would drive the sun out.

He then said, "If you wish me to visit you, you must build a very large compound; but I warn you that it will have to be a tremendous place, as my people are very numerous, and take up a lot of room."

The sun promised to build a very big compound, and soon afterwards he returned home to his wife, the moon, who greeted him with a broad smile when he opened the door. The sun told the moon what he had promised the water, and the next day commenced building a huge compound in which to entertain his friend.

When it was completed, he asked the water to come and visit him the next day.

When the water arrived, he called out to the sun, and asked him whether it would be safe for him to enter, and the sun answered, "Yes, come in, my friend."

The water then began to flow in, accompanied by the fish and all the water animals.

Very soon the water was knee-deep, so he asked the sun if it was still safe, and the sun again said, "Yes," so more water came in.

When the water was level with the top of a man's head, the water said to the sun, "Do you want more of my people to come?" and the sun and moon both answered, "Yes," not knowing any better, so the water flowed on, until the sun and moon had to perch themselves on the top of the roof.

Again the water addressed the sun, but receiving the same answer, and more of his people rushing in, the water very soon overflowed the top of the roof, and the sun and moon were forced to go up into the sky, where they have remained ever since.

What does the sun do when the water says he cannot come visit?

Possible Answers:

The sun convinces the water to come over to his house without making any renovations.

The sun builds a bigger house.

The sun goes to visit the Water instead of inviting him over.

The sun asks the moon to help him build a bigger house.

Correct answer:

The sun builds a bigger house.

Explanation:

This question asks you about what happens immediately after a particular moment in the story. Specifically, it asks about a character's action—what the sun does after the water says he cannot come visit. Let's find this particular part of the story and see what happens right after it.

At last the sun asked the water why it was that he never came to see him in his house, the water replied that the sun's house was not big enough, and that if he came with his people he would drive the sun out.

He then said, "If you wish me to visit you, you must build a very large compound; but I warn you that it will have to be a tremendous place, as my people are very numerous, and take up a lot of room."

This is the part of the story described by the question. Now we need to see what the sun does immediately afterward, which will help us figure out the correct answer.

The sun promised to build a very big compound, and soon afterwards he returned home to his wife, the moon, who greeted him with a broad smile when he opened the door. The sun told the moon what he had promised the water, and the next day commenced building a huge compound in which to entertain his friend.

When it was completed, he asked the water to come and visit him the next day.

The sun promises to build a bigger house and does so. The answer choice that best matches this sequence of events is "The sun builds a bigger house," so it is the correct answer.

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